Patience by Daniel Clowes
PN 6727 .C565 P38 2016
“Patience is a psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color original graphic novel affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet. Full-color illustrations throughout.”
Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present by Dan Mazur & Alexander Danner
PN 6710 .M39 2014
“Chronicling the last five decades of comics around the world – with around 290 illustrations drawn from comic books, manga, bandes dessinées, fumetti and historietas – Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner’s Comics is groundbreaking in both its scope and level of detail. R. Crumb and Lynda Barry, Jack Kirby and Alan Moore, Moebius and Alberto Breccia, Yumiko Ōshima and Osamu Tezuka – these are just a few of the hundreds of artists and writers who make Comics an essential new history, unprecedented in its global reach.”
– publisher description
Comics Art by Paul Gravett
PN 6710 .G7378 2013
“Comics have never been a more dynamic and challenging art form than in the 21st century. The phenomenal growth of graphic novels and manga and the explosion of comics on the internet and other platforms have given their creators unprecedented freedom to innovate. Many can enjoy widespread acclaim in the art world, in literary circles and through their multimedia adaptations. Comics Art takes an international approach by tracing lines of influence around the world to give historical contexts and contemporary perspectives for this huge current interest in the medium.
Richly illustrated with many images taken from original artwork and rare artifacts, Comics Art gives a fascinating, accessible guide to some of the special properties of sequential art, such as panels, page layouts, speech balloons and wordless or ‘silent’ narration. It addresses concerns about how comics perpetuate stereotypes and support the status quo, while assessing their growing significance, notably through autobiography and reportage, as vehicles for provocative voices often silenced in other media. Comics Art also explores the diversity of styles, media and approaches now possible in the medium and exciting developments in digital comics and in comics conceived for galleries and installations.
Hailed by the Times of London as ‘the greatest historian of the comics and graphic novel form in this country’, Paul Gravett has been the director of Comica, London’s premier international comics festival, since 2003. A curator of exhibitions of comics art, he is the author of several books on the subject, including Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics (2004), and Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life (2005), and editor and co-author of 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (2011).”
– publisher description
Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
PN 6747 .M36 B5413 2013
“Clementine is a junior in high school who seems “normal” enough: she has friends, family, and even a boyfriend. But she can’t reciprocate his feelings toward her, so she breaks up with him. When her openly gay best friend takes her to a gay bar, she becomes captivated by Emma, a punkish, confident girl with blue hair, an event that leads Clementine to discover new aspects of herself, both passionate and tragic.
Blue Is the Warmest Color is a tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel about the elusive, reckless magic of love: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth, rebellion, and the eternal light of desire.
First published in French by Belgium’s Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe’s largest.” – publisher description
SOLO: The Deluxe Edition
PN 6728 .S5676 S65 2013
“In the ambitious, critically adored SOLO, a dozen top-tier artists were each given forty-eight pages and almost total freedom. Stories could use any genre or style and feature any character in the DC Universe (unfettered by regular continuity). The resulting issues contained tales of drama, comedy, horror and romance, starring everyone from Batman to O.M.A.C. to Slam Bradley in styles ranging from postmodernist to 1950s pastiche, from delicate paintings to bright graffiti spreads.
But from these seemingly unrelated shorts, twelve distinct voices ring out, each issue of SOLO perfectly capturing the talent, vision and range of one of the industry’s most spectacular artists.” – publisher description
Economix: How Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures
by Michael Goodwin; illustrated by Dan E. Burr
PN 6710 .G66 2012
“Everybody’s talking about the economy, but how can you evaluate what they’re saying? How can we, the people, understand what Wall Street or Washington know – or say they know?
Author Michael Goodwin asked himself the same questions and came up with a good answer: explore the development of economic thought, examine the reality of economic practices, and tell the story through the graphic medium in order to make it accessible.
In a word: Economix
The narrator of this important graphic work is an Everyman of economics seeking sensible answers to the questions many people wonder about:
- What’s the difference between capitalism, socialism, and communism?
- Does trickle-down economics work?
- Is deficit spending necessary?
- And are corporations people?
Economix explains it all, from the beginnings of Western economic thought to economic failures, successes, anomalies, and future possibilities. Goodwin looks at how our modern economy has gone global and how it is affected by war, climate change, and resource limitations. It’s the essential, comprehensive guide to understanding the economy, regardless of your political affiliation.
Economix is a must-read for every citizen – whether you work on, wonder about, or occupy Wall Street.”
– publisher description